Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went through workouts on the field Saturday but is not expected to come off the disabled list until next week when the Red Sox play the Angels in Anaheim, Calif.
Pedroia, out with a strained right hamstring, ran in the outfield then took batting practice. Once the four-day break for the All-Star Game ends, he should be ready.
“He’s feeling good with the increase in intensity. But we want to be careful, too,” manager John Farrell said. “If he gets in an awkward position, we don’t want a setback. There’s a balance of one day versus the remainder of the season.”
No decision has been made as to whether Pedroia will play a minor league game or two during the break. Farrell said that would be discussed.
Cuban forays weak
To make room for Brian Johnson on the 40-man roster, righthanded reliever Dalier Hinojosa was designated for assignment. Hinojosa, 29, was signed out of Cuba in 2013 to a $4 million bonus. Hinojosa had a 3.56 ERA in 60 games for Pawtucket over two seasons and appeared in one major league game.
The team’s foray into the Cuban market has not produced good results.
Outfielder Rusney Castillo, signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal last August, has played in only 36 major league games and is in Triple A. The team invested $63 million to sign then-19-year-old prospect Yoan Moncada in March. He is hitting .261 for Single A Greenville with one home run in 142 at-bats.
The Yankees purchased the contract of 24-year-old Rob Refsnyder and started him at second base. He was 0 for 3 in a 5-3 Sox victory. The addition of Refsynder is likely to cut down on the playing time for Stephen Drew, who is hitting .182 . . . Johnson was assigned No. 61, the number Buchholz had from 2007-09 . . . Blake Swihart is lined up to continue his injury rehab assignment by catching for Pawtucket on Sunday. Daniel Nava was 3 for 4 for Pawtucket. He has played seven games on his rehab assignment . . . Brock Holt (1 for 3) extended his hit streak to 10 games . . . Koji Uehara has 69 saves for the Red Sox, tying Sparky Lyle for seventh most in team history. He has converted 12 in a row and opponents are 2 of their last 33 against him.